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November 1, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is testing a redesign of its Timeline feature that could make reading old posts slightly easier. The Menlo Park-based company confirmed that it is testing an experimental version of the redesign on a small number of users. The experimental design was discovered by Inside Facebook . It is similar to older designs Facebook used when its members had "Walls," in which status updates showed up in a linear fashion rather than zigzaging from left to right as they do now with the Timeline.
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BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The Honda Fit was easily the best subcompact on the market - great fun to drive and a deft mix of efficiency, interior space and value. Then Honda discovered that fun doesn't sell. The newly redesigned 2015 Fit is still spacious, frugal and smartly engineered. But Honda - tired of seeing Fit sales lag behind those of the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent - has sucked out all the joy from the car's handling. PHOTOS: 2015 Honda Fit Honda's third generation of this four-door hatchback, marked as a 2015 model, started showing up in dealerships this month.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The newspaper that introduced the world to the infographic is getting a makeover. Thirty years after the launch of the new national newspaper, USA Today unveiled a new logo, a more colorful look and bulked-up coverage of technology and travel. It also unveiled a digital redesign that gives the news operation a consistent look on its relaunched website and on mobile devices. “We're trying to reinvent news here,” said Larry Kramer, who took over in May as president and publisher of USA Today.
WORLD
April 19, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - Iran has "virtually resolved" its dispute with world powers over a planned nuclear plant that could produce weapon material, the chairman of Iran's nuclear agency told a state news agency. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's nuclear program, told the official Al Alam news channel Saturday that Iran had agreed to redesign the Arak plant, about 150 miles southwest of Tehran, to produce far less plutonium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons. Salehi said the 80% reduction in plutonium production capability at Arak had been "welcomed" by the six countries engaged in talks with Iran about its nuclear program: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.
NEWS
August 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CA, August 13, 2009 -- The Los Angeles Times today revealed a site redesign aimed at capitalizing on unparalleled online growth and emblematic of ongoing editorial and business strategy implementation which made latimes.com the fastest-growing top newspaper site June 2008-June 2009. "The new latimes.com is representative of the changes we've made to create an around-the-clock, integrated newsroom armed with the tools that ensure immediacy, feed the Web, mobile devices and social media, and supplements our print edition," said Times Editor Russ Stanton.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter has begun testing a new look for its user profile pages that resembles profile pages on other social networks like Facebook and Google+. The redesign, which is currently only visible to a few users of the social network, places a bigger emphasis on users' header photos, which are the images located behind their profile photos. Currently, header photos are 1,252 by 626 pixels in size -- the test design bumps that up to 1,500 by 1,500 pixels, according to Mashable, which first spotted the redesign.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Netflix is testing a redesign of its website that would for the first time separate movies and television shows into separate tabs, each with dozens of subcategories to help users sort through their thousands of options. The potential redesign is currently being tested with a small number of users. If the video subscription company finds that the design increases overall usage, it could deploy the new look to all 23.4 million of its Internet streaming customers in the U.S. Currently, users can find movies and television shows to watch on Netflix's website by searching or via suggestions the company makes based on content the user previously watched.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's digital store for Android smartphone users is getting a face-lift. Google announced Tuesday that it has begun to roll out a new look for the mobile version of Google Play, its rival to Apple's iTunes. Some users around the world will see the new design starting Tuesday, then over time, more and more users will see the redesign on their devices. Currently, the mobile store is text heavy, but the redesign will change that and instead emphasize the use of large images. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google?
BUSINESS
September 15, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Twitter Inc. has redesigned its website for the first time in its four-year history to draw more users and get them to stay longer as it competes for advertising dollars with Internet rivals Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. The redesign, which will roll out to the website's 160 million users over the next several weeks, is intended to make the site easier and faster to use and to serve up more relevant content to users, executives said at a news...
BUSINESS
June 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is beginning to roll out a redesign of YouTube that makes the video site look a lot more like Google+. The redesign is available only to a very small pool of people right now taking part in tests being conducted by the company. A screenshot of the redesign shows YouTube adapting Google+'s style. The black side bar has been ditched for a whiter, simpler lay out. At the same time, the middle feed appears to be wider and include larger video thumbnails. The right sidebar for recommended videos also looks different and now features a video in larger size at the top. All in all it looks like a cleaner feel, and it follows Google's redesign of Google+, which happened in April.
AUTOS
April 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The battle for buyers of family sedans - already the most competitive U.S. auto segment - will heat up this fall when Toyota and Hyundai launch dramatically restyled versions of their respective offerings, the Camry and the Sonata. A decade ago, the default choices in this biggest slice of the auto market were the Camry and Honda's Accord, but the competition has grown fierce in the last five years. Automakers can't afford a misstep with a new model, and they can't fall behind with a dated model.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Anne Colby
Some garden advice can be heeded no matter where you live. But much in gardening and landscaping revolves around the specifics of location - weather, terrain, soil type and design preferences. That's where the redesigned and updated "Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping," edited by Sunset magazine's Kathleen Norris Brenzel (Oxmoor House, $29.95, paper), has an edge over a more general guide. A section on plants, for example, includes chapters on palms, ornamental grasses, tropicals, succulents, cactus and natives.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple chief designer Jony Ive is reportedly leading a significant interface redesign of Mac OS X, the software used for the company's desktop and laptop computers. The redesign is expected to be unveiled in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple typically makes its software announcements. The redesign is a top priority at Apple right now, according to the report Monday by 9to5Mac . Last year, Ive led a similar redesign for iOS, the company's iPhone and iPad software.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
More than a year ago, Facebook unveiled plans for a drastic redesign of its website's News Feed that would place a greater emphasis on pictures and look a lot more like the social network's mobile app. Ultimately, Facebook discarded that look and went with a less drastic redesign, and the reason for that decision was that many of the company's users still have older computers and laptops, according to a blog post by Julie Zhuo, the social network's...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
AUTOS
March 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke. Maserati's all-new Ghibli and redesigned Quattroporte sedans thrill with all the lusty performance and high style expected from a brand with a loose connection to Ferrari. But - mama mia! - pity anyone hoping to roll down the window or turn on the lights in either of these Maseratis. This poor soul encounters third-rate plastic pieces that Maserati grabbed out of Chrysler's corporate parts bin. After a week of testing both the 2014 Ghibli and the 2014 Quattroporte, we were left more than a little frustrated by how a shoddy interior can foul an otherwise delizioso dish.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LinkedIn confirmed a redesign to its profile pages Monday and also said it plans to roll out many more changes throughout the rest of the year. Following an earlier story reporting changes to profile pages on LinkedIn, the company contacted the Los Angeles Times Monday afternoon with a statement. "We are focused on making it easier for LinkedIn members to get more value out of the services we offer by creating simpler, more relevant, more social experiences," a company spokeswoman said in an email.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter has begun testing a new look for its user profile pages that resembles profile pages on other social networks like Facebook and Google+. The redesign, which is currently only visible to a few users of the social network, places a bigger emphasis on users' header photos, which are the images located behind their profile photos. Currently, header photos are 1,252 by 626 pixels in size -- the test design bumps that up to 1,500 by 1,500 pixels, according to Mashable, which first spotted the redesign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors gave their blessing Tuesday to a reimagined design for a proposed mix of high-end apartments, businesses and public space across from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $750-million plan to redevelop that portion of downtown's Grand Avenue nearly screeched to a halt in September, when a panel of city and county representatives overseeing the project rejected the design presented by developer Related Cos. Supervisor Gloria Molina criticized the proposal's "boxiness" and lack of appeal to pedestrians, and county Chief Executive William T Fujioka, who also sits on the Grand Avenue Authority, said he was "very, very disappointed" with it. The authority gave Related a four-month extension to return with an acceptable design.
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